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Grateful Dead Live at Rainbow Theater on 1981-10-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Rainbow Theater on 1981-10-02

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Minglewood Blues, Sugaree-> CC Rider, Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Dire Wolf, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Althea-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance Playin' In The Band-> Shakedown Street-> Bertha-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> Truckin'-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Rainbow Theater
Location London, EN

Source Soundboard
Lineage sbd> reel> ?> dats> wave> shn


sbd> reel> ?> dats> wave> shn; dat> wav> shn by popi n. feeldz from Michael Grossman DAT; missing Mama Tried, Mexicali


Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2015
Subject: A Good Night
Highlights: Playin' Jam, Spanish Jam
Reviewer: kbmill - - September 4, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
a couple of comments in reviews below propmted this research:

Playing in the Band > Shakedown Street occurs only three times, this being the last, and only time that they did it with Brent. The other two occurences, 12/30/78 and 11/20/78 are, obviously, Keith shows.

There are also a couple of shows where drums and space get in the middle, which to my way of thinking, is a different thing.

So, yes, pretty uncommon, and probably not the most workable transition.

By the way, in all, the two songs were only played together in the second set, regardless of order, 24 times which isn't all that many to begin with.

Last thought, the more common order was Shakedown > Playing, although without listening to each one I would guess that is less of a "jam into" and more of a "didn't stop to tune" given the way Shakedown ends.
Reviewer: rqh12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 16, 2010
Subject: PS
After reading the comments below, I can confirm that Bob Weir blew the audience away and I left that place I life-long Bob fan.

Although having said that, the Dead are a unique combination and were never the same after Pig Pen died.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2010
Subject: Meh
Am i the only person that thinks these five star people are WAY overrating this show.

I downloaded the second set since set 1 looked pretty standard warm up material.

The supposedly dubbed excellent Playin>Shakedown>Bertha combo is okay, but nothing at all special. Especially compared to the stellar last night of this run. First of all Playin and Shakedown are plagued with sound problems. Little cuts with crappy patches. Right now i'm listening to Bertha and didn't hear Phil until four minutes in.

Also really poor transition between Playin>Shakedown. Complete No Huddle. We appreciate the unique set list, but do it right. Decent Playin' Jam after Bertha tho. Jerry gets warmed up and back to expected fall 81 standards (by

Just saying, we appreciate the board, but you don't have to give every show 5 stars just because you love the Grateful Dead. I give many 5 star ratings, but when i'm inspired by energy and sound quality.

Maybe, in person, at the Rainbow Theater in 1981 this was epic, but the recording dons't do it justice.

3.5 for show, 3 for sound, solid 3 since we have so many damn good sounding boards on the archive.
Reviewer: kthekap1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2009
Subject: Rainbow Theater
I was fortunate to be at all the Rainbow Theater shows. It was an amzing venue, beautiful theater, great sound. The most enjoyable part was the relaxed atmosphere - there was no problem walking up to the stage, resting your elbows on the stagfe and watching Jerry and the band do their thing! It was one of my memorable Dead experiences!
Reviewer: Enlightened Deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: Listen Loud
It seems a lot of deadheads are listening to their archive streams at low volume and judging the shows based on picky sound criteria and not really getting the whole point of the groove. I suggest taking a few months away from the dead and then reapproaching the shows with a new heart. You addicts out there are just plain funny in your attempt to turn a live rock band into an olympic gymnastics competition. This London shows kicks ass. Turn up the volume and party down while you listen, don't just sit at your computers like drones and expect magic.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 16, 2006
Subject: Jerry shredds Cumberland
The Rainbow Theatre in London was probably so awesome to be at and see the Dead. Never seen pictures or anything but from what I read and its low capacity I'am sure its a beautiful orninate theater with that killer balcony over the stage Iam a huge fan of those old little decadent palaces like Fox Theater and Sheas etc.
Some were so lucky to see The band in such gems like these places.

By the way I thought that Shakedown coming out of Playin was really wild to hear I cant think of to many shows at all actually that feature that combo. Ther not messing around coming out for that 2nd set Playin>Shakedown>Bertha sick stuff.
All that said the recording isnt to good.
Reviewer: ozsweet - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2005
Subject: Trippy Show
The Dead loved playing Europe since the audience expectations were different than in the States. Times had changed and demands on the band in this era was for loud, rocking jams. The Rainbow Theater offered the group a chance to play some soulful, jazzy jams and sink into the music.

At the start of this show, the sound was not great up front. The floor was so open that you could walk up to the stage and back to the rear of the theater without bumping into anyone. The music was good, despite the set list being inncouous. All in all, the first set was ok.

During the break, SOMETHING kicked in. The second set opened with Playing --> Shakedown --> Bertha and it seemed like it was going to be a stellar 2nd. I looked around and found myself in the middle of the typical sea of humanity. No open spaces left. Immersed in the music, I was not prepared for what would come next. WEIR blew the whistle! It changed the set, changed the mood and hurt our ears real bad.

If anything, find some extra space on one of your CDs and download the short, sweet opening 3 tunes above.
Reviewer: Sunshine Daydream - favorite - January 16, 2005
Subject: corrupt file message
i am downloading this show at the moment and will update when complete
Reviewer: K Y SNIP - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2004
Subject: No corrupt file message
I had no problems downloading the lossless version, didn't get any "Warning file corrupt" message. Excellent sound & excellent performance. Jerry on form. Very entertaining. I recommend getting this one.
Reviewer: funkateer - favorite - May 2, 2004
Subject: WARNING: Lossless 1.1G Download Corrupt!
and i quote:
"The compressed (zipped) folder is invalid or corrupted"
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